Chrome App Updated With Article Suggestions, Background Media Playback

An update for Chrome is headed out, available for download now on Google Play. Inside Chrome 54, users can expect to see a few changes, such as the ability to view article suggestions from inside a new tab page.

Also listed in the changelog is support for background media playback, but only for sites that support it, as well as a feature for updating saved passwords when you change or reset them on Chrome.  (more…)

Chrome Canary Lands on Android With Its “Unstable” Self

Chrome, the browser you probably use on both your phone and desktop, comes in a variety forms. You have the stable channel – also known as Chrome – that is ready for widespread use. You have a beta channel – also known as Chrome Beta – which is somewhat experimental and often gets new features before stable, but could be somewhat unreliable at times. You have the dev channel – known as Chrome Dev – which is pre-beta, almost an alpha, and is certainly not-all-that-stable, but is a good place to look for upcoming Chrome features. And then you have Canary, which is for the most part unstable and untested and lives on the “bleeding edge” of browser innovation. Canary is now available on Android.  (more…)

Reports: Google’s “Andromeda” is the Android-Chrome OS Merger, Might Debut October 4, Already in Testing, and Coming 2017 on a New Pixel

Holy title. Apologies for that, but there is a lot to talk about when it comes to the potential future of Android and Chrome OS, thanks to numerous reports that surfaced over the weekend while the rest of us were on vacation, relaxing, consuming a half-dozen growlers of fresh hop IPA, and unplugging like all should do on weekends. Let’s catch up.

To start, we will need to take you back to October 2015 to a report from the Wall Street Journal that claimed Google was working on folding Chrome OS into Android to create a single operating system. The report suggested that Google had been working for at least two years on making this move happen, but they still wouldn’t be ready to bring it to stable until some time in 2017 after showing it off to the world in 2016.  (more…)

Stable Chrome OS Gets Google Play and Android Apps on Two Chromebooks

Google Play and Android apps moved a step closer to a broader release to more devices today, thanks to a graduation of the Google Play beta experience to Chrome OS stable. Wait, did that make sense? What I’m saying is that Chrome OS stable (v53.0.2785.129) now has access to Google Play and Android apps, though only on two devices at the moment. Still, we’re making progress!  (more…)